"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

5/30/14

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Chicks Run Wild

Thought I would participate in Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday again this week. Read this one the first time a couple months ago, and still find it delightful. Check out more perfect picture books here - and this week's new ones on Susanna's blog.

Title: Chicks Run Wild
Author: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Illustrator: Ward Jenkins
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011, Fiction
Age Range: 2-5 years
Theme/Topics: rhyme, bedtime,

First Page: Every night up in their beds,
pillows fluffed up by their heads,
chicks are tucked beneath the sheets.
"Go to sleep, now," Mama tweets.

Synopsis: Mama tucks her chicks into bed at night but as soon as she leaves the room, her chicks run wild! She joins in to show them how to have a wild time, until the chicks finally fall asleep. Then Mama goes wild in her own way.

Resources: The author, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, has developed a teacher's guide for this book, which can be found here. I also think that, since it is mentioned in the story, teaching your child how to do the chicken dance might be fun. Here's a link to a YouTube video that shows how to do it.

Why I Love It: The rhyme is delightful, the pictures are SO fun, the word choice perfect, and the end a very fun surprise (though the summary above kinda gives it away). I don't think I stopped smiling once while I read it. A fun, clever story. My youngest child is 10, yet I liked this one enough to actually purchase it - which says a lot. Since reading this one a couple months ago, I have become a huge fan of its author, and am in the process of reading every one of her picture books. I love it THAT much.

Hope you'll give this book a look - and check out the OTHER perfect picture books for today at Susanna's blog.
 
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

14 comments:

  1. I love love love this book! And the chicken dance! Thanks for posting a review...

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    1. My pleasure, Sue! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Well, that's some kind of fine recommendation! I'm always on the lookout for chicken books because - well, because chickens are hilarious creatures! And a chicken going wild paints quite a picture! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Chickens ARE hysterical - and these, I dare say, more hysterical than most :). Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I hope this isn't a duplicat post. I left one earlier, but it didn't take. This is a very entertaining bedtime book for kids. Love that Mom shows her flexibility and joins in the fun! Great selection.

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    1. Thanks, Patricia! Glad you came back to try to post again - no idea what the problem was last time :). Appreciate it!

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  4. This is a wonderful book! Thoroughly re-readable!

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    1. Absolutely, Penny - have read it over and over myself :D

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  5. Sudipta is such a talented author. This one sounds hilarious and the meter is perfect in this opening.

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    1. Haven't found a book of hers where the meter ISN'T perfect. Just in love with her writing :)

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  6. Hello Joanne!
    I love love love this book! And I love love love your blog! Wonderful quote by Jane Yolen is a perfect gateway. :)
    Thank you for bringing the book to PPBF...I truly admire Sudipta's way with verse...I'll have to get this book out to study it as a mentor text. :)

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    1. Thanks, Vivian! I grabbed that quote from her PiBoIdMo post last year - it's hanging on my office wall, too. And you are not the only one who admire's Sudipta's verse. To me, she is just WOW. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Great book, great review and great blog. Thank you.

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    1. Thank YOU! So appreciate your encouragement, and stopping by.

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